bite the biscuit

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Verb[edit]

to bite the biscuit (third-person singular simple present bites the biscuit, present participle biting the biscuit, simple past bit the biscuit, past participle bitten the biscuit)

  1. (idiomatic) To die.
    • 1987, David Scanlan, "Way up north," Ottawa Citizen, 16 Feb., p. D6 (retrieved 19 Aug. 2010):
      David Scott . . . admits he "nearly bit the biscuit," during a 1985 trip to Kluane National Park in the Yukon. Scott was crossing a chest-deep river with a racing current, when he slipped. The near-freezing water whisked him away.
    • 2007, Jack Henderson, Circumference of Darkness, ISBN 9780553589801, p. 199:
      Trained assassins shoot people in the head, and that should be a relatively painless way to bite the biscuit.
  2. (idiomatic) To undertake an unpleasant task or to acknowledge an unfavorable situation or responsibility.
    • 1999, Robert Hartman, Masters of the Millennium, ISBN 9781583820384, p. 5:
      Weibe, who fought the effects of allergy medicine and a winless streak since the Hardee's Golf Classic (1986), had to bite the biscuit and settle for second place.
    • 2003, Steve Duno, Every Dog's Survival Guide to Living with a Neurotic Owner, ISBN 9781402731341, p. 225:
      Sometimes owners need to bite the biscuit and call in professional help in order to solve a nasty canine behavioral problem.

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